37 battery moved forward the same day and elaborate precautions for
their protection were taken by liaising with the Perth Regiment and boxing
them in with DFs, laid on with the other two batteries.
The IrRC redeployed to include the other two
batteries in their defence perimeter but the night passed quietly with
contact being made with 1 Canadian Infantry Division.
Whereas it used to be hard to get the men interested in their
SA, now they won't be parted from them and many are
lovelingly caressing both a
sten and a rifle.
The following day the Regiment moved complete through BARNEVELD,
by-passing NIJKERK, and continued towards ERMELO,
going into action for a short while enroute and without firing moving
on to spend the night at ERMELO.
The forward troops had occupied HARDERWIJK and this was the limit of the
Division advance in this direction.
Again elaborate local protection precautions were laid on with the
IrRC since the country to the EAST had not been cleared.
All remained quiet until the following evening when STAND TO was ordered
on receiving information that Jerry had broken
through our L of C.
This proved to be a false alarm and everyone relaxed again.
Replacements for the guns arrived but in such condition that they had to be sent
to workshops immediately.
The inhabitants proved very friendly and it became a favourite pastime
to stroll through the town with several “babes” on each arm.
LEEUWARDEN - 21 April 1945.
51. On the 21st April the Regiment moved to the LEEUWARDEN area in support
of the 11 Canadian Infantry Brigade who were in a holding role on the coast.
The batteries were extremely scattered in order to secure a maximum
coverage of the wide front.